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Christianity And The Arts

Christianity And The Arts

The only artist who is perfect in all forms of creativity . . . is of course God—the God who is Personal. —Edith Schaeffer, Hidden Art (1971)   Come with me to the Alps and look at the snow-covered mountains. ...

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Why Democracies Fail

Why Democracies Fail

  You can never have a revolution to establish a democracy.  You must have a democracy in order to have a revolution. —G. K. Chesterton, “The Wind and the Trees” (1909)   To an ancient Greek, “democracy” was inseparable from ...

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A Republic, If You Can Keep It

A Republic, If You Can Keep It

“But between a balanced republic and a democracy, the difference is like that between order and chaos.” —John Marshall, Life of Washington (1805) “At no time, at no place, in solemn convention assembled, through no chosen agents, have the American ...

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The Puritans, Democracy and Freedom

The Puritans, Democracy and Freedom

For we must consider that we shall be as a city upon a hill. —John Winthrop, “A Model of Christian Charity” (1630) Democracy, I do not conceive that ever God did ordain as a fit govern-ment either for church or ...

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The Pilgrims And Liberty

The Pilgrims And Liberty

In times of cultural failure and upheaval, there are usually two kinds of extremists.  Those who abandon any established order as a thing beyond redemption, and those who remain within the system, hoping they can reform it.  New England was ...

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Guilt And Depravity

Guilt And Depravity

“I know there is good in you.” —Luke to Darth Vader, Return of the Jedi (1983) As Seen on TV The mass murderer … the serial killer, the paid assassin, the warmonger, the man responsible for the death of dozens ...

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The Kingdom Of Heaven

The Kingdom Of Heaven

Truly answer me… In judgment and in dream. Nebuchadnezzar, “Ancient Babylonian inscription” (6th century BC)   Behold, a king shall reign in righteousness, and princess shall rule in judgment. Isaiah the prophet (8th century BC)   The Terror of Dreams ...

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Water Into Wine

Water Into Wine

I left the empty life behind. He turned the water into wine. —Dave Stearman, “He Turned the Water into Wine” (1973)   He comes to make His blessings flow  Far as the curse is found. — Isaac Watts, “Joy to ...

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